Winter 2020-2021

issue # 138

Sound notes

The Genre of Morgan-Paige Melbourne

NOTES FROM THE HAPPY PLACE

Morgan-Paige Melbourne was a child prodigy who started playing piano at three and singing and composing shortly afterwards. Soon she was winning piano competitions, and at sixteen she had her [...]

Read more » Mary Dickie »

Matthew Cardinal’s Asterisms

SPACING OUT

Asterisms, Matthew Cardinal’s debut solo album, creates audial desire paths, not necessarily conjuring anything concrete in my mind’s eye but moving like a current—or a river [...]

Read more » Mercedes Webb »

Trase Pa: Choreographing the Soundworld of David Bontemps’s Traces

In most cultures there has always been a synergetic interplay between music and dance—one informing and amplifying the other. Music exemplifies the physicality and rhythmicity that exists in [...]

Read more » Kevin A. Ormsby »

Features

What's Inside Musicworks 138?

AN EVOLVING ECOSYSTEM OF SOUNDS AND WORDS

The final issue of 2020 is is dedicated to the art of conversation . . . in music and about music. Unable to practice, perform, or listen to music together in person in a room,[...]

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DEBBY FRIDAY’S ENERGY POTENTIAL

SYNCRETIC PUNK MUSIC

Across the first few minutes of Bare Bones, the short-film debut by Vancouver artist Debby Friday, a growing, skittering sound unsettles an otherwise pastoral[...]

Read more » Brennan McCracken »

The Glittery World of Olivia Shortt

A SAFE PLACE TO PLAY

Olivia Shortt may not be a household name, but anyone who’s caught one of their eccentric stage performances—either solo or in avant-garde ensembles—has probably not forgotten[...]

Read more » Chaka V. Grier »

Araz Salek, Inquisitive Traditionalist

The adage about needing to learn the rules before breaking them is a finger-wag directed at young, ambitious artists, cautioning them not to stray from convention[...]

Read more » Nick Storring »

Suddenly Listen Expands its Chamber Space

FLEXIBLE CONFIGURATIONS

Trust. Vulnerability. Flexibility. Holistic listening. Non-hierarchical cooperation. Embrace of the unknown. Sense of adventure. These are some of the themes that arise when[...]

Read more » Monica Pearce »